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Marines 'construct' installation at Poinsett

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., push a metal crate at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Poinsett provides a number of opportunities for Defense Department military members to train on bombing and shooting, and offers 12,500 acres for navigation and survival, evasion, resistance, escape training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., push a metal crate at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Poinsett provides a number of opportunities for Defense Department military members to train on bombing and shooting, and offers 12,500 acres for navigation and survival, evasion, resistance, escape training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Marine assigned to the Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 (MWSD) stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., arrives to Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Marines from the MWSD 31 “deployed” to the range from March 21-30 to test their job proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Marine assigned to the Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 (MWSD) stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., arrives to Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Marines from the MWSD 31 “deployed” to the range from March 21-30 to test their job proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Marine assigned to Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., stands at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Marines participating in the week-long simulated deployment trained on expeditionary airfield services, assembling forward-arming and refueling points, and engineering and motor transportation support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Marine assigned to Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., stands at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Marines participating in the week-long simulated deployment trained on expeditionary airfield services, assembling forward-arming and refueling points, and engineering and motor transportation support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Abdiel Villa, Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 data technician, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., digs a trench for communication lines at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Villa along with other data technicians provided communication links for Marines in the week-long simulated deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Abdiel Villa, Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 data technician, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., digs a trench for communication lines at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Villa along with other data technicians provided communication links for Marines in the week-long simulated deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Patrick Knauer, Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 cyber network operator, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., removes a tent cover at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Marines assigned to the detachment constructed a deployment-like community where they performed their respective missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Patrick Knauer, Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 cyber network operator, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., removes a tent cover at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Marines assigned to the detachment constructed a deployment-like community where they performed their respective missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., undergo training at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Approximately 150 Marines from the detachment “deployed” to Poinsett range to evaluate their ability to accomplish mission essential tasks in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., undergo training at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Approximately 150 Marines from the detachment “deployed” to Poinsett range to evaluate their ability to accomplish mission essential tasks in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel Henkel, Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 bulk fuel specialist, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., fastens a restraint on an all-terrain berm at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Defense Department militaries utilize berms as a transportable fuel-holding facility, capable of catching possible fuel leaks in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel Henkel, Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 bulk fuel specialist, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., fastens a restraint on an all-terrain berm at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, S.C., March 23, 2017. Defense Department militaries utilize berms as a transportable fuel-holding facility, capable of catching possible fuel leaks in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The Marines “deployed” to Poinsett Electronic Combat Range near Wedgefield, South Carolina, March 21-30 to evaluate the detachment’s ability to perform their jobs and accomplish mission-essential tasks in a simulated deployed environment.

The range provides a number of opportunities for Defense Department military members to train on bombing and shooting and offers over 12,500 acres for navigation, and survival, evasion, resistance and escape training.

Approximately 150 Marines mock-deployed to the range and constructed a Marine-run installation.

Marines spent the week-long training honing their skills in expeditionary airfield support, aircraft salvage and recovery, and constructing bulk fuel sites.

“Our basic requirements are tested in this training,” said Marine Sgt. Alan Largen, Marine Wing Support Detachment 31 fuels chief. “The work we do here, we must be able to do and execute flawlessly when we deploy.”

For a lot of the younger Marines, they don’t get a chance to experience an environment like this early in their careers, said Largen.

Marines had the opportunity to practice their tactics at the 20th Fighter Wing-run training ground, providing support for their Air Force counterparts.

“While we’re out here training, we get the opportunity to perform road maintenance and improvement, as well as ground clearing for the range,” said Marine Capt. James Stanley, MWSD 31 operations officer.

Using the range gave Marines the opportunity to train on their mission essential tasks stateside prior to deployment.